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Cruise Conference Planning For Your Association

Emergency Medicine, Critical Care, and Cardiology

7-Night Alaska Cruise Conference
Round-trip Seattle, Washington
July 12 - 19, 2019
<em>Celebrity Solstice</em>
Celebrity Solstice
14.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™
14 ACPE Credits
14 (part II) MOC points in medical knowledge in the American Board of Internal Medicine's (ABIM) Maintenance of Certification (MOC) program
5½ Hours of Pharmacology for NPs
14.0 Contact Hours
Course Fees

Target Audience
Physicians, Physician Assistants, Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Pharmacists
Program Purpose / Objectives
  1. Management of Congestive Heart Failure: Updated Guidelines for the Primary Care and Acute Care Provider
    • Differentiate heart failure due to systolic and diastolic dysfunction.
    • Assess prognosis based upon NYHA class and Ejection Fraction.
    • Apply the evidence-based approach to current pharmacological and advanced device therapy treatment guidelines.
  2. Anticoagulation for Atrial Fibrillation: Updated Guidelines for the Primary Care and Acute Care Provider
    • Understand the assessment of bleeding and thromboembolic risk for atrial fibrillation.
    • Assess patient candidacy for warfarin and novel oral anticoagulant therapies.
  3. Assessment of acute chest pain: Updated Guidelines for the Primary Care and Acute Care Provider
    • Only 30% of patients with acute chest pain have a cardiac etiology
    • What are best-practice clinical and diagnostic modalities to be used in assessment
    • Incorporation of cardiac imaging tests in the ED evaluation of chest pain.
  4. Acute Coronary Syndromes: Updated Guidelines for the Primary Care and Acute Care Provider
    • Acute coronary syndromes are a medical emergency; the acute care practitioner must be capable of recognizing, diagnosing, beginning initial therapy, and initiate the multidisciplinary team approach to this life-threating emergency.
    • The use of cardiac biomarkers in acute diagnosis.
    • The early initiation of medical therapy, and when to initiate interventional therapy.
  5. Management of Symptomatic Stable CAD: Updated Guidelines for the Primary Care and Acute Care Provider.
    • Appreciate in which patients are percutaneous coronary intervention and surgical revascularization are useful.
    • Review novel medical therapies for stable CAD.
  6. Endocarditis: Who are you going to call-Cardiology, Infectious Disease or Cardiac Surgery?
    • Review of clinical criteria for diagnosis of endocarditis.
    • Appreciate the indications for surgical and medical therapy for endocarditis.
  7. Management of Hyperlipidemia: Updated Guidelines for the Primary Care and Acute Care Provider
    • Review the evidence to support the use of statins for primary and secondary prevention.
    • Review the evidence to support the elimination of non-statin therapy from lipid treatment guidelines.
    • Understand the role of PCSK9 inhibitor therapy and other emerging therapies in management of dyslipidemia.
  8. Lipid Therapy for Overdose
    • Predict the characteristics of drug overdoses responsive to lipid therapy
    • Direct administering lipid therapy for drug overdose
    • Explain the "lipid sink" therory for the believed method of action of lipid therapy treatment of certain life-threatening drug overdoses without an antidote.
    • Design an order set to treat potentially life-threatening overdoses with intravenous lipid emulsion
  9. Diversity & Inclusion in Quality Patient Care
    • Explain health care disparities and how diversity & Inclusion diminish health care disparities difficulty managing patients of other cultures due to social barriers
  10. Disparities Interpreter Services
    • Explain the potential of medical errors created by use of non-professional interpreters. Inability to efficiently use professional translator service
  11. Sepsis Update: 2019
    • Create a personal plan to comply with 2019 sepsis bundle 1 guideline difficulty reaching compliance with sepsis quality measures
  12. Stroke Outliers:
    • Explain the epidemiology of wake-up stroke
    • Recognize syndromes that mimic stroke and avoid lytic therapy
    • Predict risk of stroke after TIA avoiding misdiagnosis of stroke
  13. Airway Management: Avoiding Intubation in Respiratory distress
    • Recognize the advantage in avoiding intubation
    • Explain how Hi flow Oxygen can help avoid intubation
    • Explain how NIPPV can help avoid intubation
    • Recognize the contraindications for NIPPV unfamiliar with new oxygen delivery and airway devices in ED.
  14. Case Conference Non-Invasive Ventilation NIV
    • Direct the care of respiratory distress patient to avoid intubation
    • Inability to use new oxygen delivery and airway devices in ED.
    • Create an algorithm for use of adjuncts to oxygenation and ventilation to avoid intubation
Conference Sessions generally take place on days at sea (as itinerary allows), giving you plenty of time to enjoy your meals, evenings and ports of call with your companion, family and friends.
IMPORTANT NOTE: All conferees, their families, and guests must book their cruise within the University at Sea® meeting group through University at Sea® at 800-926-3775 or by registering online. This ensures our company can provide conference services and complimentary social amenities to all meeting participants and their guests. Thank you for your cooperation.

Khalid H. Sheikh, MD, MBA, FACC, FNLA, FASE

Khalid H. Sheikh, MD, MBA, FACC, FNLA, FASE
Director of the Health First Institute for Cardiovascular Wellness and Disease Prevention, Cocoa Beach, FL.
Assistant Professor, University of Central Florida, College of Medicine, Orlando, FL.
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Duke University Global Health Institute, Durham, NC. Dr. Sheikh is a consulting cardiologist, practicing on the Space Coast of Florida. He serves as Director of the Health First Institute for Cardiovascular Wellness and Disease Prevention. He is engaged in clinical practice, as well as research and teaching. His academic appointments include Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Duke University Global Health Institute, as well Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Central Florida.

His clinical interests include preventative cardiology, cardiac imaging, and global cardiac health and wellness. He was voted by the Consumer council of America as one of America’s top cardiologists. Dr. Sheikh speaks at national and international forums about a variety of topics related to his clinical research, cardiovascular diseases and cardiac wellness. He has served as the principal investigator in over 100 national and international clinical trials. He has authored over 150 scientific abstracts, peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and reviews. He is the author of the critically acclaimed heart wellness book, “Don’t Let Your Heart Attack.”

Kevin L. Ferguson MD, FACEP

Kevin L. Ferguson MD, FACEP
Dr. Ferguson is currently Professor of Emergency Critical Care Medicine at Cobia Delta Medical Center in Visalia, California , where he is also Medical Director for the Stroke Program, associate program director for the Emergency Medicine residency program, and Chair of the Internal Review Board at Cobia.

He has academic appointment as Professor of Emergency Critical Care Medicine at the University of California Irvine, and the American University Antigua. He has lectured extensively on topics in emergency critical care as well as international & global health medicine.

Dr. Ferguson is an emergency intensivist physician and a graduate of University of Michigan medical school. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Martin Luther King LA County medical center in 1988. He also complete a critical care Fellowship at State University of New York in Syracuse in 1991. He is Board Certified in Emergency Medicine and Board Eligible in Critical Care Medicine. 

He was a member of the founding faculty in emergency medicine at the University of Michigan from 1991 through 1997. He joined the faculty at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 2001 and founded the emergency medicine residency program at UF. 

He also founded the emergency medicine track for the critical care Fellowship at University of Florida with the Department of anesthesiology. At that time, he held a dual appointment in emergency medicine and anesthesiology critical care and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2010.

He was a member of the University of Florida's NASA medical support team from 2001 until the end of the shuttle program in 2011; during the last three years, he was medical director of the medical support team. At the University of Florida, he was recognized as a master educator in medical education and twice received exemplary teacher awards from University of Florida. He was subsequently inducted as a member of the Society of Teaching Scholars in Medical Education at the University in 2011. Also at the University of Florida, he founded "Project Thailand" a global health program designed to teach students and residents topics in tropical medicine and global health, as well as bring primary medical care to the hill tribes people of northern Thailand.

He enjoys attending concerts, hunting sharks teeth on the beach, golf, and international travel.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.

Cruise Itinerary

Fri Jul 12 Seattle, Washington
- 4:00 pm
Sat Jul 13 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Sun Jul 14 Ketchikan, Alaska
7:00 am 4:00 pm
Mon Jul 15 Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier
6:00 am 10:00 am
Mon Jul 15 Juneau, Alaska
1:30 am 10:00 pm
Tue Jul 16 Skagway, Alaska
7:00 am 6:00 pm
Wed Jul 17 *At Sea - Cruising
- -
Thu Jul 18 Victoria, British Columbia
5:30 pm 11:59 pm
Fri Jul 19 Seattle, Washington
6:00 am -
*Tentative course schedule, actual class times may differ.

Ports of Call

Seattle, Washington - The Emerald City of the Pacific Northwest. In Seattle, stroll the bustling waterfront, visit the Space Needle, sample a local microbrew, a glass of Washington wine and world-famous coffee.

At Sea - Cruising - Cruising

Ketchikan, Alaska - Immerse yourself in Tlingit Indian culture as you view the world's largest collection of totem poles; kayak the colorful waterfront.

Endicott Arm & Dawes Glacier - One of Alaska's lesser-known gems, Endicott Arm Fjord marks the southern edge of Fords Terror Wilderness area. As you drift through its 30 -mile-long stretch, you can't help but be awed by the sorrounding granite cliffs, mountain valleys and dozens of gushing waterfalls. Drifting icebergs, deep blue waters and a spectacular tidewater glacier only add to this natural spectacle's appeal.

Skagway, Alaska - A frontier town perfectly preserved as the Klondike Gold Rush National Historic Park. Gateway to the Trail of '98, which you may explore by helicopter or vintage railcar.

Victoria, British Columbia - Stroll through the charming downtown of this very British city, with its double-decker buses, turreted castles, fine British woolens, tea and china. Or, just outside the city, visit the lush flora and fauna of Butchart Gardens.

Non-US/Canadian individuals, please Click here to determine if you'll need a visa to board this cruise which visits Canada.

Our staff can assist you with all your travel arrangements.

Questions? Call us at 800-422-0711.
We can assist you with all your travel arrangements. We'd be happy to help you plan your flights, hotels or tours before and/or after your cruise conference.
Please note that our shore excursions are operated separately and
independently of those offered by the cruise line.
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